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Red Cross to Install Free Smoke Alarms in New Ulm

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Working smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half

As part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness campaign, local Red Cross volunteers, with the support of City of New Ulm and Brown County emergency management, will be installing free smoke alarms and teaching home fire safety in New Ulm.

“In Minnesota, the Red Cross responds to more than 500 disasters every year, nearly 70 in the southwest area - most are home fires. As the weather gets colder, those numbers increase,” said Jennifer Hyk, Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota. “Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half.”

3 Ways to Make an Appointment

--Red Cross volunteers will be canvassing at-risk neighborhoods in New Ulm, Monday, November 2, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., sharing information and scheduling installations.

--Residents can visitGetaSmokeAlarm.org and request an installation appointment.

--New Ulm residents can also call the Red Cross office at (507) 387-6664 x1508.

During appointments, teams will install 10-year smoke alarms where needed, share vital home fire safety information and teach residents what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. Appointments typically take about 20 minutes.

For more information about the campaign, please contact Morgan Sommers at (507) 387-6664 x 1508.

Nationwide Campaign
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.

In just one year, the American Red Cross’ nationwide Home Fire Campaign is credited with saving at least 27 lives. More than 63,000 families are safer thanks to the smoke alarms and safety education they received in their homes from Red Cross volunteers, firefighters, and other community partners. And more than 311,000 children have learned to be safer in emergencies from Red Cross volunteers and apps.

Simple Steps to Save Lives

The Red Cross is asking everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.

There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:

--If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.

--If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.

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Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.

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Practice that plan. What’s the household’s escape time?

For more information about home fire safety, including safety checklists, printable fire escape plans and more, visitredcross.org/homefires.